The chatter in my classroom last month revolved around Star Wars. From Legos to blocks to snack time, everything was all Star Wars….all the time. In true child-led fashion, I embraced this interest. I used it as an opportunity to work on skills like creativity, drawing, tracing, literacy, math, etc. We also built droids, which was surely the highlight of our exploration and the provocation the children were the most engaged in.
The first step was to encourage the students to come up with a plan. What did they want their droid to look like? What shapes would they need? What pieces would they need? I hung pictures of droids for inspiration (I SIMPLY GOOGLE FOR ALL MY IMAGES USED FOR INSPIRATION), and the children drew pictures of what they wanted their droid to look like.
DRAWING HIS DROID
The next day I set up the invitation to build their droid. I used wooden spools, wooden spheres, buttons, corks, bottle caps, and various pearl stickers that I found at the dollar section in Michaels. A hot glue gun works best for putting all of the pieces together. I helped the students with that part.
SOME COMPLETED DROIDS
MORE COMPLETED DROIDS
Here are some of the other invitations in the classroom…..
STEP 1 – PAINT
This exploration lasted several weeks. It was nice to watch the children work on projects without feeling the need to complete them “right now”.